IBM TS4300 Tape LibraryDatasheet
Supports secure, long-term data storage
Scalable Tape Library
Requirements for secure, long-term data retention—especially in the financial services, healthcare and life sciences industries—are common and increasingly stringent, with data volumes growing massively as a result. Tape storage offers a less costly long-term storage option than disk drives or flash. And data stored on tape kept offline, or on write-once media, is nearly invulnerable to hacking.
IBM® TS4300 Tape Library is a high-density, highly scalable, easy-to-manage tape library designed to keep data securely stored long-term, while helping reduce the costs associated with data center space and utilities. Its modular design enables users to increase cartridge and drive capacity as needed.
Built around a 3U-high modular base library, TS4300 can scale vertically with up to seven modules (including the base library), with expansion for Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium cartridges (LTO 6, 7, and 8) drives and redundant power supplies. A single robot manages all modules in the stack.
In a seven-module configuration, TS4300 offers a capacity of more than 270 LTO cartridges. A wizard for installation and configuration enables users to install, expand and service the library without special training.
Get Automatic Control
Help meet security and compliance requirements and improve business continuity with IBM TS4300 Tape Library-supported features like automatic control-path and data-path failover to provide automatic control in the event of a loss of a host adapter or control path.
Start With a Base
The TS4300 base library contains all of the necessary robotics and intelligence to manage the base library system, with a maximum of 40 slots of LTO cartridge capacity per module, up to five input/output (I/O) slots, and support for three combinations of full- and/or half-height (FH or HH) LTO drives per module.
The TS4300 base library is rack- or tabletop mountable. Module expansions are rack-mountable only. TS4300 leverages IBM Spectrum Archive™ for direct, intuitive and graphical access to data stored in IBM tape drives and libraries by incorporating the IBM Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) format standard. LTFS compatibility allows tape-stored data to be accessed as if it were on disk or flash storage.
Simplify Tape Storage
TS4300 is based on an embedded, open-source software architecture to help speed deployment and simplify management. Best-in-class error recovery and reporting, library health monitoring and alerting, and auto-recovery features help to speed diagnostics and resolution. An automation drive interface significantly increases drive communication speed for faster code updates and log downloads
IBM offers diverse management software solutions for TS4300 to enhance the use of multipath architecture, as well as the use of a single TS4300 library. The library software includes application programming interface (API) hooks that enable easy integration of IBM software.
Management Software Options
|IBM Spectrum Archive||
|IBM Spectrum Protect™||
|IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager||
TS4300 Tape Library configurations
|Minimum configuration - Base module||Maximum configuration - TS4300 base module with 6 expansion modules|
|LTO Ultrium cartridge capacity||40||272|
|Reduction in cartridges for I/O slots||0 or 4||0 - 34|
|1 FH LTO, 3 HH LTO, or 1 FH and 1 HH LTO||
7 FH LTO or 21 HH LTO
HH/FH drive mixture range 19/1 or 7/7
|Total physical capacity||384TB||3.264PB|
Specifications - TS4300 Tape Library
|Power supply||1 standard power supply, optional 2nd redundant supply|
|Hot-swap components||Power supplies, tape drives|
|Systems management||Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) enabled|
|Operating systems supported||Selected IBM servers and other Linux and Microsoft Windows open-system servers|
|Limited warranty||3-year in-warranty coverage of select parts|
|Weight||Base module maximum 28kg (61.5 lb) Expansion module maximum 22.6kg (49.6 lb)|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||114mm (4.48 in.) x 446mm (17.56 in.) x 873mm (34.37 in.)|
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